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Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801) to Lucy Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00543 Author/Creator: Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801) Place Written: Watertown, Massachusetts Type: Manuscript letter Date: 4 March 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Later copy. Has enclosed a letter for "the heavenly Miss DeBlois," a friend of Lucy's, which he wishes Lucy to pass on to her. Has also sent a trunk of gowns to Lucy's house via Mr. Colburn, intended for Miss DeBlois. Also asks Lucy to report to him about Miss DeBlois when she next sees her. A newspaper clipping, the obituary of one of Arnold's sons, is attached to the document. The copy was made around 1855.

People: Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801.
Knox, Lucy Flucker, ca. 1756-1824.
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
DeBlois, Elizabeth, 1761-1843.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Women's History, Clothing and Accessories, Love Letters, Death, Loyalist, Revolutionary War, Military History, Revolutionary War General

Sub Era: The War for Independence